Twitter Takes Speech Enforcement to New Level
Article from The Daily Wire by James Barrett.
In a widely reported interview last week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey declared that his company could no longer “afford to take a neutral stance anymore” when it comes to hot button social and political issues. Pressed on why his site seems to laser focus on conservatives while largely ignoring voices on the Left — like radical racist and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan — Dorsey cited the case of Canadian progressive feminist Megan Murphy, whom his company recently banned after a series of tweets arguing that transwomen are not women.
On Monday, Murphy filed a lawsuit against Dorsey’s company for banning her from the platform.
“Men are not women,” Murphy tweeted before being permanently banned from Twitter in November. “How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between men and transwomen?” When Murphy referred to a transgender activist using biologically correct pronouns, her account was permanently locked in November.
The company’s rationale for banning Murphy: She had allegedly violated its “hateful-conduct” rules, which “prohibit targeting individuals with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category” (full text of policy below). As National Review‘s Mairead McArdle points out, Twitter added a new wrinkle to its rules in late October, which they then retroactively applied to some of Murphy’s past posts: “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals”; in other words, calling a biological male who identifies as female a “he” or using transgender individuals’ birth names rather than their new names.
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